Today's Talking Points:
- If you saw the Tennessee-Kansas post-game locker room video we posted yesterday (and if you haven't, you need to), you heard Bruce Pearl ask, "Is [McBee's] shot worth how many hours in the gym, when other kids were going out doing something else?" Well, apart from the awkward post-game grammar problems (sorry, Bruce!) the TFP tells us that McBee shoots three-pointers each morning in the summer until he hits 200 of them and then does the same thing all over again each night. Why does he do it? Well, why do any of the walk-ons and also-rans do it? Bruce Pearl knows: "Why does [Steven Pearl] take abuse in practice all the time and never get out there because he's got so many good players in front of him? Why not just be a regular student? Because he's got the opportunity to do something like this.'' Yes. Yes. Yes. If we fans can feel like we do after a win like that, what must it be like for the players, especially the ones who weren't supposed to see meaningful minutes?
- Speaking of Tennessee-Kansas (will it ever get old? Early returns say . . . no!), the must-read article on the game comes from CBS' Gary Parish, including this fantastic bit:
"I have no words to describe it," Skylar McBee said. "How many people get the chance to say they played against the No. 1 team in the country?"
Better question: How many freshmen walk-ons get the chance to say they buried a 3-pointer from the left wing as the shot clock expired in the final minute to lead his team past the No. 1 team in the country on CBS just a week after four key players were arrested? I'm not 100 percent certain of the answer, but I'm going to assume the answer is one.
That one is Skylar McBee, who hit the key shot in the Vols' upset the No. 1 Jayhawks on Sunday before a rowdy crowd of 21,936 here at Thompson-Boling Arena.